Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

Century Congratulation!

Hats off to all the riders the many helpers behind the scenes that make these go! 100 miles or 100 km? It doesn’t matter, what an accomplishment!

Tennis fans take note

The tennis club will not be meeting in M’Chigeeng for the next few weeks. Instead they will be playing in Mindemoya on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. They will also be playing in Gore Bay at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evenings.

Osaka to donate

Still with tennis, Naomi Osaka, currently ranked at number two in the world, has committed all her prize money from her next tournament in Cincinnati to the relief fund for Haiti. Osaka’s father is from the island nation. Incidentally, Naomi was also in the news around the Olympics when she bravely announced that she needed to take a mental health break.

Hawerchuk to be honoured

Dale Hawerchuk, a standout star for the Winnipeg Jets, died last after a battle with stomach cancer. A group made up of family and former players and among the tributes planned it the raising of statue that will sit the arena and a section of street will be renamed Dale Hawerchuk Way. Manitoulin’s own Gerard Peltier played with Dale when they won the Memorial Cup with the Cornwall Royals.

Fishing derby lands lots of fisher-folks

This past weekend the Wiikwemkoong Anglers hosted another derby in their series. And if you think back to the 21st it was a scorcher. The boat in first place with 21.59 pounds of bass was Mike Assinewai and Howard Trudeau. That catch earned the pair $450.

Close behind in second place with 20.13 pounds for $300 was Santanna J. Eshkawkogan and Galen Trudeau. In third position was the boat of Felix Flamand and Jon Flamand with 16.39 pounds and $150 for their efforts.

The Big Fish Award was 6.17 lbs ($100) and was landed by Aaron Recollet and Leslie Recollet.

Organizers want to say thank you to everyone who came out and challenged themselves in heat. And one important reminder to treat the fish well so that your fish will survive after releasing them. 

Your penalty if one doesn’t swim away is that weight gets taken off the total and with such tight races it would be the difference between winning and losing. If one or more fish does not swim away at its release its weight is subtracted from your total weight.

Warner dispels decathlon myth

Damian Warner is the first Canadian to win the gold in the decathlon. He is one of only four men to surpass the 9,000 point plateau. But even with gold medal around his neck, he still fields question like “do you do decathlon because you are not good enough in the individual sports?” Or someone will say he is a, “Jack of all trades and a master of none!” He has heard them all. However, his long jump in the decathlon would have won him the bronze medal in the individual event!

800m runner gets his revenge 

Marco Arop from Edmonton couldn’t even make the final in Tokyo in the 800m race. At the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, however, he beat both the gold and silver medalists from the Olympics.

A good sport is good for sports.